Friendship, love and truth

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You know it’s Nov. 30 in Pasadena when you’re driving up Raymond Avenue and have a close encounter with The Odd Fellows & Rebakahs 59th Rose Parade entry “Shining Knights Still Exist.” The flakage: “showcases a lone Knight aboard his loyal steed in full gallop above the ancient 17th Century English Crest armed with a menacing twenty foot long, silver lance wrapped in the traditional colors of the Decoration of Chivalry matching the brown horse’s blanket…a member of the three link fraternity, Friendship, Love and Truth, The Knight perseveres to protect the elegant castle topped by three turrets with billowing flags surrounded by floral gardens from all that would bring discontent.”

Sproul Plaza again

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As Occupy Cal protesters wrangle with campus police and Alameda County sheriff’s deputies over the hallowed protest grounds of Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley, I drove by Wednesday this art piece that had been catching my eye on Colorado Boulevard in the Playhouse District. It’s Susan Stilton’s new piece “Utility” — posted on a utility box — with vinyl-wrapped photos from the Free Speech Movement at Sproul in 1964. Great timing! And a great quote on the other side: “Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime” — Justice Potter Stewart

S’lon at Sandra’s

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On a recent Sunday afternoon in Pasadena the stars of a s’lon chez Sandra Tsing Loh were Vanity Fair Hot Type columnist, co-founder of Tin House and author of the new short-story collection “Blueprints for Building Better Girls” Elissa Schappell in conversation with Henry Alford, the Vanity Fair contributing editor, former Spy humorist, and author of the soon-to-be-released “Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That: A Modern Guide to Manners.”

They were very smart and funny.